Meaning of “Christmas” in the English Dictionary

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"Christmas" in British English

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Christmasnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈkrɪs.məs/ us /ˈkrɪs.məs/

(the period just before and after) 25 December, a Christian holy day that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ:

We're going to my mother's for Christmas.
Merry/Happy Christmas!
We had a fantastic Christmas.
the Christmas holidays

More examples

  • My daughter says she wants a mobile phone for Christmas.
  • It's nice to be with family and friends at Christmas.
  • There is so much to do in the weeks before Christmas.
  • Is there going to be a Christmas party at work this year?
  • There are several extra services and events at church during Christmas week.

(Definition of “Christmas” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"Christmas" in American English

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Christmasnoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈkrɪs·məs/

December 25th, a day celebrated each year to honor the birth of Jesus, or the period of time just before and after December 25th:

[ U ] People usually visit their families at Christmas.
[ C ] I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

(Definition of “Christmas” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)